Rector of NAFTI Advises Graduates to Follow Their Dreams and Make Positive Contributions
Published on : 29-Apr -2019    Source : NAFTI

16th Congregation, 2019Dr. Samuel Anyetei Nai, the Rector of the National Film and Television Institute, (NAFTI), has called on students to follow their dreams and make a positive contribution towards the progress of film and television not only in Ghana, but on the African continent.

At NAFTI’s sixteenth graduation ceremony held in Accra yesterday, Dr. Nai noted that, there is a greater need for well-trained media professionals who are capable of creating content of international standard.

The congregation saw one hundred and two students who have satisfied the requirements for awards in Certificate, Diplomas and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in their various areas of study.

These included Film Directing, Television Production, Motion Picture Photography, Editing, Film sound production Animation and Production design, Multimedia production and Broadcast Journalism.

According to Dr. Anyetei Nai, NAFTI is positioning itself to facilitate the digital transformation by training skilled technocrats and artistic personnel who will create content in the new media environment.

Graduates of the institute over the years have made positive contribution to the local and international film scene, he said, citing FESPACO, 2015 and 2016 African Magic Viewer’s Choice awards which had names of some past students as winners.

Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education, in a speech read on his behalf by Professor Mohamed Salifu, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education, mentioned the government of Ghana was committed to supporting the film and television sector in particular and the creative arts industry in general.

This is because of their potential to create jobs and to help modernized the country, he explained.

“It is therefore gratifying to observe that NAFTI continues to make significant strides in this direction, despite the financial challenges the Institute has faced for some time now”, he added.

He also noted that in spite of challenges, management of the institute had been able to acquire new state of the art audiovisual equipment within the past year to boost the quality of training.

“My understanding is that the institute has invested not less than two million Ghana cedis, largely out of your GetFund allocation for these new training facilities”, he stated.

He assured of the ministry’s continuous support to enable NAFTI live up to its mission.

16th Congregation, 2019He also noted that many graduates of the institute are doing creditably well in various fields of the industry, creating jobs for others.

Professor Salifu also advised graduates to be guided by the high professional and ethical principles in the presentation of media content, and also demonstrate their sensitivity to the development of Ghana and its cultural values.

He urged them to manifest clearly in their professional practice, the knowledge and skills acquired to stand out clearly from the rest.

Astus Kwesi Ahiagble, Manager of GH One Television, also an alumnus of NAFTI, advised students to learn to be committed to what they do.

He stated that the job market is looking for people who are committed enough to employ, “if you are qualified and committed to your job, you will get work to do”, he added.

Mr. Ahiagble further encouraged students to join and build strong networks such as the NAFTI alumni and GHAFTA among others, where they can learn and also secure jobs in the industry.

Peter Sedufia, a NAFTI alumnus, who is currently a film maker also advised the graduates to learn to make decisions by and for themselves, “learn when to take instructions and when to pass an opinion”. He cautioned.

He mentioned some alumni of the institute who are doing tremendously in the film and television industry as inspiration and encouraged them to go out to do more.

The one hundred and two (102) students who graduated comprised of thirty-eight (38) degree students, thirty-two (32) diploma students and thirty-two (32) certificate students.

Out of the thirty-eight (38) students who graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree programmes, one (1) stole the first class honor, leaving nine (9) with a second class upper division, while twenty-six (26) came out with second class lower division and two (2) with third class division for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Prince Adu Mensah, a Film Directing student, was awarded the most disciplined student of the year.

Below is the list of awards presented by the Students Representative Council of the institute.

 

Best Documentary {Dzadzegbor}

By Daniel Jeffery Apkaloo

Best Television Production {Out Of My Closet}

By Reindoff Nii Carl Elliot

Best Fiction {Dzagbaele}

By Derrick Fiakui

Best Cinematographer {Dzagbaele}

By Stephen Nartey

Best Production Design {Chacha}

By Naa Kukuokor Owoo

Best Editing {Rent}

By Sophia Adams

Best Sound {Bumpy Ride and Anathema}

By Kelvin Moses Dadzie

 

NAFTI, a school of higher education in Film and Television was established by the government of Ghana under SMCD 151 in 1978.

The institute admitted its first batch of students in January 1979, for a three year professional Diploma programme in the major fields of Film and Television Production, Motion Picture Photography, Editing, Film Sound Recording, Set Design, Graphics and Animation.

In 1998, by a special affiliation arrangement with the University of Ghana, Legon, NAFTI upgraded its programmes to Degree level in the area of Film Directing, Television Production, Motion Picture Photography, Editing, Film Sound Production, Animation and Art Direction, leading to the award of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degrees.

In 2015, the institute introduced Degree programmes in Broadcast Journalism and Multi Media Production.

In addition, the institute runs a 16 weekend professional certificate courses in Screenwriting, Film Directing, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, Art Direction, Animation, Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia Production in professional media and creative art in affiliation with national board for professional and technical examination (NABPTEX).

Theoretical and liberal studies programmes continued to be taught to support the professional training programmes.

Story by: Miriam A. Cobblah

{B.J Department}